Rehoming a pet can be a very rewarding experience and gives many animals a second chance at the loving home they deserve.

Some animals that end up at rescue centres have had a bad start at life through neglect or abuse, with others being relinquished by reluctant families due to change in circumstances.

If you’re on the lookout for a four-legged friend to join your family, we’ve rounded up some of the best animal rescue centres nearby to help get you started on your adoption journey.

Wythall Animal Rescue

Wythall Animal Rescue has been sheltering and rehabilitating neglected and mistreated homeless animals since 1968. Offering safety and care until they find new families, the rescue centre also houses some of the animals to live out their days in their retirement village.

The rescue is supported by Black Sabbath’s lead guitarist, Tony Iommi who is the charities official patron.

If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, ferret or small bird, contact the rescue today at 01564 823288.

Long View, Middle Lane, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B38 0DU

Wellcat

Wellcat has been a registered charity since 1987, finding unwanted cats and kittens and providing them with loving new homes.

Founder Pauline Beasley has dedicated her life to the rescue and welfare of these cats, along with the help of many committed volunteers. Housing up to 150 cats at peak times, the centre successfully rehomes hundreds of felines every year.

If you’d like to take a look at the cats and kittens currently seeking a new home, simply contact the rescue by emailing wellcatwoman@blueyonder.co.uk or call 0121 426 5594.

30 Quinton Rd W, Quinton, Birmingham B32 2QD.

Fat Fluffs

Fat Fluffs is a rescue and sanctuary based at Hampton in Arden, specialising in the care and rehoming of unwanted rabbits.

The centre offers a safe place for the bunnies to recuperate before finding them loving forever homes. For those with more challenging personalities or long-term health problems, Fat Fluffs provides a sanctuary where they can stay as part of the family.

If you’re interested in checking out what rabbits are looking for a new home, contact the team at team@fatfluffs.com or call 07737 218035.

RSPCA Newbrook Farm

A Jack Russell running in a park

The RSPCA is the leading UK animal welfare charity, assisting with the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals and the prevention of cruelty.

Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals are available to adopt here. Head to the website to see what animals are looking for a new home, or contact Newbrook Farm Cottage today by calling 0300 123 8585.

Newbrook Farm Cottage, Frankley Green, Birmingham B32 4AX.

Blue Cross

Blue Cross finds homes for unwanted cats, dogs, small pets and horses across the UK. They offer a tailor-made service to match each person with the right pet. You can adopt, foster or even sponsor a pet with Blue Cross.

Each animal is vaccinated, microchipped, neutered (some species are exempt), examined by a vet and treated as needed, and then given a tailor-made training plan depending on their needs.

And when you take your new pet home, Blue Cross offers ongoing health, behaviour and care advice.

Blue Cross has rehoming locations at Bromsgrove, Rolleston, Solihull, and Moreton Morrell. Head to their website to find out more information.

Cats Protection, Birmingham Adoption Centre

The Birmingham Adoption Centre rehome over 1,000 cats every year. The centre’s key goals are to find good homes for cats and kittens in need, support the local community to neuter their cats, and to improve people’s understanding of the care that cats need.

An important part of their rehoming process is to do a home check, to ensure that each feline is going to a suitable and safe environment.

Each cat at Birmingham Adoption Centre is neutered or spayed at age four months and above, microchipped, partly or fully vaccinated, and treated against fleas, roundworm and tapeworm.

If you’re interested, email the centre at Birmingham@cats.org.uk, or call 01564 822 020.

Packhorse Lane, Hollywood, B47 5DH.

None of these amazing rescue centres could exist without the help and support of volunteers and fundraisers, so if you’d like to show your support then contact any of the above centres today to see how you can help them keep up the great work!